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Hillary Clinton gets tearful as she reads speech she would have given had she won the election

Hillary Clinton, Democrats' 2016 nominee for president, for the first time revealed the concession speech she would have given had she won that year, and admitted she did not even bother to write a concession speech. 

'My fellow Americans, today you sent a message to the whole world,' she begins, sharing what she would have read to the world. 'Our values endure. Our democracy stands strong. And our motto remains: e pluribus unum. Out of many, one.'

Democrats were blindsided by former President Trump's win that year and Clinton spent much time blame Russian interference for her loss.  

'We will not be defined only by our differences,' Clinton continues in the speech. 'We will not be an us versus them country. The American dream is big enough for everyone. Through a long, hard campaign, we were challenged to choose between two very different visions for America. How we grow together, how we live together, and how we face a world full of peril and promise together.' 

'Fundamentally, this election challenged us to decide what it means to be an American in the 21st century. And for reaching for a unity, decency, and what President Lincoln called 'the better angels of our nature.' We met that challenge.' 

On Nov. 13, 2016, Clinton's public concession occurred more than 9 hours after the results of the election were known. Her staff at the time never replied to queries about why she didn't come out Tuesday night, when supporters were already gathered for an election watch party. 

'I didn't, as you know, write a concession speech,' Clinton said to NBC's Willie Geist. 'Even though we had a lot of bumps these last 10 days I thought we could pull it out.' 

Clinton, a former secretary of state, senator, first lady and self-proclaimed 'hair icon,' then talked about what it would have meant to be the first woman president. 

Clinton, a former secretary of state, senator, first lady and self-proclaimed 'hair icon,' then talked about what it would have meant to be the first woman president

'I didn't, as you know, write a concession speech,' Clinton said to NBC's Willie Geist. 'Even though we had a lot of bumps these last 10 days I thought we could pull it out'

On Nov. 13, 2016, Clinton's public concession, pictured above, came more than 9 hours after the results of the election were known

'I've met women who were born before women had the right to vote. They've been waiting a hundred years for tonight,' she said. 

'I've met little boys and girls who didn't understand why a woman has never been president before. Now they know, and the world knows, that in America, every boy and every girl can grow up to be whatever they dream — even president of the United States.'

The former Democratic nominee became tearful as she talked about her mother, Dorothy Rodham, who died in 2011. Clinton has said she had a difficult childhood. 

'I dream of going up to her, and sitting down next to her, taking her into my arms, and saying, 'Look at me. Listen to me. You will survive. You will have a good family of your own. And three children. And as hard as it might be to imagine, your daughter will grow up and become the president of the United States.' 

Clinton then detailed the version of America she believes she would have ushered in. 

'An America where women are respected and immigrants are welcomed. Where veterans are honored, parents are supported, and workers are paid fairly. An America where we believe in science, where we look beyond people's disabilities and see their possibilities, where marriage is a right and discrimination is wrong. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, or who you love.' 

Clinton shared the speech with NBC's Masterclass streaming platform, and also appeared on NBC Sunday to talk about the experience with Geist. 

'In this lesson, I'm going to face one of my most public defeats head-on by sharing with you the speech I had hoped to deliver if I had won the 2016 election,' Clinton says in the video.

'I've never shared this with anybody. I've never read this out loud. But it helps to encapsulate who I am, what I believe in, and what my hopes were for the kind of country that I want for my grandchildren, and that I want for the world, that I believe in that is America at its best.'